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Saturday, Dec 08 2012 10:26 PM

Renegades roll past CCSF to state crown

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Renegades coach Jeff Chudy accepts congratulations as he is embraced by his mom, Janice following the game. Chudy's dad, Craig, is at right,

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Offensive lineman Brandon Sarabia (left) and defensive back Alfonso Jackson, Jr. (15) are the first Renegades to get their hands on the state championship trophy.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Renegade defensive lineman Clinton Carter celebrates as San Francisco's last play, a pass on fourth down, falls incomplete, ensuring the Bakersfield victory.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Bakersfield defensive lineman Clinton Carter and linebacker Grant Campbell celebrate after Carter sacked San Francisco quarterback Andrew Spivey midway through the fourth quarter, thwarting a promising drive by the Rams.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship in December 2012. The championship was later vacated.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Renegade quarterback Brian Burrell leaps over San Francisco defenders Rufus Wolokolie (28) and Jedediah Perthes-Cox into the end zone for a touchdown that put Bakersfield up 35-7 in the third quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Renegade running back Curtis McGregor got the scoring started for Bakersfield with this touchdown in the first quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The crowd that packed Memorial Stadium, the biggest in years, cheers Curtis McGregor's touchdown that put the Renegades ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The Renegade defense made things miserable for San Francisco quarterback Andrew Spivey. Here he is tackled by John Oglesby (45) and Kelyon Hollis.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Game MVP Jalen Sykes (left) immediately handed his trophy to offensive lineman Brandon Sarabia, saying "this is for the offensive line."

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The Renegades celebrate their state championship Saturday.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. The Renegades celebrate their state championship. Players from left are Alex Cortez (50), Chris Hannible, Grant Campbell (5), Alfredo Vargas (42), Ron Douglas (86) and Austin Tijerina.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Bakersfield College was the place to be Saturday, as a massive crowd of tail gaiters and fans were on hand for BC's state championship against City College of San Francisco.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Bakersfield College basketball player Linda Ramos hands out Renegade spirit towels to spectators entering the stadium Saturday.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. About to play before what was likely the biggest crowd ever for many of them, the Renegades take the field for the state championship against City College of San Francisco.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Game MVP Jaylen Sykes heads for the endzone and a touchdown that gave Bakersfield a 14-0 lead. Teammate Brock Martin (6) runs with him.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Bakersfield linebacker Grant Campbell sacks San Francisco quarterback Andrew Spivey in the first half.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. In what may have been the play that broke San Francisco's back, Bakersfield's John Oglesby picks up quarterback Andrew Spivey's fumble - as Spivey is crushed by Osvaldo Sambo (38) and Salim Cleghorne (31) - and returns it for a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. In what may have been the play that broke San Francisco's back, Bakersfield's John Oglesby picks up quarterback Andrew Spivey's fumble and returns it for a 35-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

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    By John Harte / Special to The Californian

    Bakersfield College defeats City College of San Francisco to win California community college football championship. Bakersfield's John Oglesby picks up quarterback Andrew Spivey's fumble and heads for a 35-yard touchdown. He is accompanied by Salim Cleghorne (31) and Chris Hannible (8).

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BY JEFF EVANS Californian staff writer jevans@bakersfield.com

The offense did its part, but as it has all season, defense was the focal point for Bakersfield College on Saturday afternoon.

The Renegades captured the first California state football title in the program's storied history in a 35-14 win over perennial state power City College of San Francisco.

The crowd of 16,125 fueled a fast start by BC, which led 14-0 in the first quarter and 28-0 in the second.

The defense was so smothering that the Rams (10-2) abandoned the running game early in the second half. CCSF running back Kristoffer Olugbode, who came into the game with 1,636 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, had 63 yards on 14 carries -- and only four carries for 6 yards in the second half.

"We wanted it. We wanted it so bad," said sophomore linebacker Ozzy Sombo. "We kept talking about it. We were hungry.

“They’ve been here. They were used to it. It’s new for us. Our guys kept talking about it and kept pushing each other.”

BC shredded the Rams’ defense with its 1-2 running punch of Jalen Sykes and Curtis McGregor.
Sykes had 179 yards on 25 carries, with a 42-yard TD run in the second quarter that put BC ahead 14-0. McGregor went 19 for 68 with a 9-yard TD run in the first quarter that opened the scoring.
At halftime, BC had 234 rushing yards to the Rams’ 38.

“We moved the ball really well against Mount SAC,” BC coach Jeff Chudy said, referring to the 30-21 win two weeks earlier that advanced the Renegades into the state title game. “We didn’t think personnel-wise we were playing against anything better than who we just played against. Our guys did a great job executing. They really did.”

Sykes, a sophomore from Garces High, was named the game’s most valuable player. He became the seventh rusher in BC history to break 2,000 career rushing yards. He finishes his career with 2,094.

“Being here in Bakersfield, on this field, is amazing,” Sykes said. “I’m at a loss for words right now.”

With the running game working so efficiently and BC building a big early lead, quarterback Brian Burrell wasn’t asked to provide big plays, although he had a couple.

One was a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Dunn with 7:10 left in the second quarter that put the Renegades ahead 21-0. It was a third-and-8 play and Burrell perfectly fed Dunn, who had a step on a linebacker trying to defend.

McGregor made the play possible with a crucial block of a blitzing linebacker that gave Burrell extra time.

Burrell’s other big play was his 21-yard touchdown run with 12:36 left in the third quarter that put the Renegades ahead 35-7.

That came two plays after a poor snap to CCSF quarterback Andrew Spivey led to a lost fumble on the Rams’ opening second-half possession.

Burrell again beat a CCSF blitz, this time stepping forward to elude the rush, then racing past the line of scrimmage. He split two defenders, reached the sideline and catapulted to the goal line as he was hit hard by a Rams defender.

The BC defense, meanwhile, was having its typical solid game. The defense has been solid throughout the Renegades’ nine-game winning streak to close the season.

Cornerback Alfonso Jackson had two interceptions deep inside BC territory. One was at the goal line in the second quarter to end a CCSF 57-yard drive that reached the BC 13; the other at the BC 21 with 2:18 left in the third quarter to end what had been a 13-play drive when the Rams were desperate for a score to keep their hopes alive.

“My D-linemen got the pressure on the quarterback,” Jackson said.

On the goal-line interception, Jackson said: “I turned around and saw the ball and made a break on it.”
BC led 21-0 when the game’s biggest defensive play occurred.

Another bad snap to Spivey forced the Rams quarterback to try and cover up the ball.

But hard-charging defensive back Salim Cleghome dove into Spivey before he could gain control. The ball trickled away. BC defensive lineman John Oglesby scooped it up and raced 35 yards for a touchdown that made it 28-0 with 5:50 left in the second quarter.

Oglesby had eight tackles and a sack to go along with the fumble return, earning him the defensive player of the game award.

“It was just pick up the ball and go,” said Oglesby, a sophomore from Highland High. “They (BC coaches) want us to fall on the ball. But when you’ve got your chance at glory, you’ve got to take it.”

The defense set the tone early.

On CCSF’s first two possessions, the Rams had minus 19 yards. A sack and two false start penalties were keys there.

“No matter where they were on the field, we were going to stop them,” said freshman defensive lineman Clinton Carter. “We knew they’d get their shots.

“I’m so proud of our guys. It’s just been a tremendous season.”

Spivey finished with huge passing numbers: 27-of-50 for 357 yards. Wide receiver Kyani Harris had 20 catches for 266 yards with a pair of 56-yard touchdown plays.

But four turnovers, five sacks against Spivey and no running game doomed the Rams.

“Pretty simply: it’s a game of halves,” said CCSF coach George Rush, whose team was seeking its eighth state title. “We put ourselves in a big hole. We had some chances to score that could have changed the momentum dramatically.”

Before Saturday, the Rams had never trailed by more than 14 points in any game this season and had scored at least 21 points in every game. They averaged 42.6 points per game entering Saturday.

“It’s one of those days,” Rush said. “You can’t say it’s this or that. I have no problem with how hard our team played.

“They came out at halftime down 21 and they played their butts off. It was a 7-7 (second) half. ... We couldn’t take advantage in the red zone. And that’s it.”

The Renegades went to very conservative play calling in the second half as they tried to milk the clock. BC had only 60 net rushing yards and 63 passing yards in the second half.

“If you have a 28-point lead, you won’t be as aggressive,” Burrell said. “Our coaches had a great game plan to run the ball.

“I guarantee you that San Fran went in there at halftime and talked about stopping the run. But our offense and defense did a great job.

“It was a great team effort.”

Said Chudy: “We weren’t complacent. We tried to get first downs. “But sure, we played it close to the vest. Hey, we won by 21 points. It was a great win.”

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